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Male and Female Alopecia

22.10.2009 in HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED

Male and Female Alopecia
Alopecia is the loss of hair from the scalp, face, body or all three. Approximately forty-six types of Alopecia exist and most of them are a symptom of illness or changes in body chemistry. Fortunately, nearly all are curable and with the right Alopecia treatment, hair nearly always grows back. Diagnosis is essential, as this will give a very strong indication of the prognosis or likely outcome.

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Alopecia affects males and females and can vary in appearance from tiny random bald patches to total baldness. Although the condition does not cause the sufferer any physical pain, it can be the source of deep emotional distress.

Here at The Hair Centre of Trichology we offer a free hair loss diagnosis appointment to all clients. Our Alopecia treatments are all 100% drug free and cause no side effects.

Male and Female Alopecia Treatment – contact us now to arrange your free initial consultation at our London Centre.

Alopecia can be:-

Congenital - Acquired from birth
Genetic - Inherited from parents
Acquired - Caused by some outside factor
Iatrogenic - Drug induced
Cicatricial – Follicles destroyed by scarring
Post natal – Following childbirth
Traction - From continuous pulling

Alopecia Areata
A common condition, where normal hair growth is interspersed with totally bald, round or oval patches. It often begins in childhood and reoccurs throughout a person’s lifetime, but rarely affects the elderly.

In most cases, the condition is confined to one or two spots, but it can spread and become Alopecia Totalis where the entire scalp becomes bald.

Alopecia Universalis is an even more distressing, but rare, condition where the hair is lost on the head, face and body.

What causes Alopecia Areata?
The immune system, which fights off viruses, bacteria and foreign tissue, turns and attacks the hair follicles stopping hair growth.

Although there isn’t one specific cause, but there are number of theories:

Trophoneurotic – Relating to nerve damage or change.

Genetic Influences – There is a genetic link with being prone to autoimmune diseases. Alopecia Areata sometimes occurs in people whose family members have suffered from diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, pernicious anemia or Addisons disease.

One in five people with the disease, have a family member who has had Alopecia Areata. And if the relation lost their first patch of hair before age 30, the risk to other family members is greater.

Atopic States – Alopecia Areata does seem to be more common in those people prone to eczema, asthma and nasal allergies.

Emotional Stress – This is thought to frequently trigger Alopecia Areata and its influence has long been underestimated by the medical professions.

Other conditions associated with Alopecia Areata
Alopecia Areata often affects the finger and toe, nails. They may show longitudinal ridges or pitting of the nail plate. The sufferer may also be more prone to eye disorders and Vitiligo, where patches of skin lose their pigment.

How the Condition Progresses
The bald patches sometimes form very rapidly. As they spread, the hair bulbs (papillae) fail to produce normal hair before they stop working. This causes the hair to be finer just above the scalp at which point the hair breaks off.

If you examined these hairs under a microscope, you’d find that instead of being round/oval they are shaped like an exclamation mark. As this type are only found around the perimeter of a rapidly growing patch, they are a clear indicator that the patch is still growing. An absence of exclamation mark hairs, shows that the patch has reached its full size.

This form of Alopecia predominantly attacks dark pigmented hairs, white hairs are usually not affected.

If the amount of hair loss is minimum and the patches are fairly small, hair re-growth will often start in the centre of the patch within a period of three months. White hair often grows back in its place, but normally regains its real colour within a few weeks. If the problem is continuing, old patches will re-grow as new patches form.

In rare cases, the patches continue to spread and multiply until they merge into each other eventually leading to total loss of hair on the scalp.

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Male Pattern Hair Loss Treated

07.10.2009 in HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED, MALE HAIR LOSS

Jordan from Brighton came to us in July this year. He is just 22, suffering from Male Pattern Baldnes. His scalp had been scaling, irritable and sore for over 2 years. In the Summer of 2008 things got worse, he started to lose his hair rapidly. Like most young men he crossed his fingers and hoped that his hair loss would just stop by itself. After a year of further hair loss and deterioration he decided to contact The Hair Centre for advice. We put forward a plan of attack where he could take control and manage his genetic hair loss problem. Here are his early results and improvements. Jordan asked us to put his pictures on to our blog so that he could show his family and friends. He is one delighted young man. Jordan is currently using a combination of a 15% solution of both Vitastim and Biostim applied topically twice a day.  Not only is his hair growing stronger, his scalp is now becoming healthy again. 

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Male hair loss treated

21.09.2009 in HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED, MALE HAIR LOSS

The hair follicles in men who suffer from male pattern baldness seem to be genetically predisposed to be more susceptible to the harmful effects of testosterone and DHT later in life. This hereditary weakness makes it possible for the DHT to cause restricted hair growth more easily and fully on the scalp. It is thought that this weakness of the hair follicle is passed down through DNA from generation to generation.

The genetic side of male pattern baldness can also help men better understand their chances of developing androgenetic alopecia and better understand how the condition will affect them personally. By studying the tendency for baldness on both the mother’s side and father’s side of the family a man can usually pinpoint his predisposition for hair loss. By determining if the men in the family tend to be bald, how severe their baldness is, what pattern the hair loss follows, and the age of initial hair thinning men will be able to predict their own baldness course and take steps to prepare for the eventual hair loss.

If male pattern baldness runs in your family you may want to schedule an appointment with your trichologist to discuss treatment plans that can slow down the hair loss and in some cases recover lost hair.

JUNE 2009 TO AUGUST 2009

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Black male hair loss treated

21.09.2009 in BLACK AFRO-CARIBBEAN HAIR LOSS, HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED

Thinning hair and baldness usually results from an inherited tendency that manifests itself as one grows older. 

The most common cause of hair loss in men is male pattern hair loss [androgenetic alopecia]. It is an inherited tendency that is almost universal amongst white men, although some seem to develop the problem earlier than others. Recent surveys have suggested that 30 per cent of men have some pattern baldness by the age of 30 years and 50 per cent have it by the age of 50. Some lose their hair quite quickly, but the average man takes 15 to 20 years to go bald. Black men are a lot less likely to bald prematurely.

The best advice would be to discuss this problem with your trichologist and make him or her aware of how desperate you’re feeling about your hair loss.

BEFORE TREATMENT

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AFTER TREATMENT

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Peter's hair loss story

18.09.2009 in HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED, MALE HAIR LOSS

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In my mid-twenties I became concerned with the amount of hair I was shedding in the shower; in bed; at my desk etc. I made some enquiries and had a few consultations. I decided to go with the Hair Centre. They are a small friendly team, with a flexible approach to making appointments, working around busy lifestyles.

Mixing a family history of Male Pattern Baldness with day to day stress and a general dryness to my hair, I was put on a course of treatment.

Within a few months the shedding had dramatically decreased, re-growth had started to take affect, and the hair was looking stronger and healthier. 4 yrs on, there has been substantial re-growth my hair is tighter, thicker and I am very happy!

Peter

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